Newspapers are dead…

On November 18, 2005, I told San Jose State’s Journalism school that my son would never subscribe to, nor read, a newspaper.

I thoroughly believe that. I’ve seen the future of newspapers (and really all printed content) and it isn’t print. Let’s talk more this summer after I can show it  to you.

I told the faculty there that deep changes must be made. They haven’t yet listened (although they added one podcasting class that is pretty popular now).

Today I read all over the blogs (thanks Tim O’Reilly and Dave Winer) that the San Francisco Chronicle is rumored to be in deep financial pain.

The industry has NOT invested in its future. It is reaping the rewards of that.

How many future journalists are being trained for the online world?

I can tell you how many: zero.

When I talked with students back then about half thought they were going to work in newspapers.

I told them they were smoking crack.

The journalism industry needs to implement major, wholesale, changes. Start by reading Dave Winer’s suggestions.

What would you do if you ran a journalism school? Or, were an executive at a newspaper?

Both Bay Area major newspapers have been laying journalists off in droves. It’s so sad, but it was something that we could see coming for quite a while. The trend will continue.

Does Twitter make you a better blogger?

I don’t know, but I’m having fun with it. I find that if I have something stupid to say I just say it on Twitter. But, I’m also finding it’s an awesome way to compare notes with other people, particularly at conferences. It’s also a great way to tell everyone about a cool new site, or a new idea, and get quick feedback.

I’m far more likely to spit out a little thought over there, than on my blog here. Which, probably, makes my blog here better too. might photowalk tomorrow

Thomas Hawk is reporting that might Photowalk with us tomorrow. You’re welcome to come too! But, you gotta get up early. 7 a.m. at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Yikes! is a live 24-hour-a-day-on-the-Web video show of a guy who wears a camera. It’s real interesting, if you like watching a random guy walking around living his life. Right now he’s attending a lecture at Stanford with Mitch Kapor.

Smilebox makes me smile

Look at the visuals inside Smilebox. Look at the fact that it’s one of a very few companies who’ve introduced me to its development team (pair programming, even!)

I love a company that puts its developers right in the middle of its office. That tells me it’s a different kind of company right off the bat.

But, there’s a lot more to this company that lets you build cool online greeting-card-like stories with video, photos, and lots of other goodies.

Looking at the walls you can tell that this company cares deeply about experiences.

In Kathy Sierra speak: Smilebox makes me smile. I felt happy while doing this interview and could tell just by looking around that this company was working on experience and on having fun.

Three videos:

1) A edited, short video combining the best of the demo and interview (I’ve embedded that video in my blog below). It’s five minutes long.
2) The full demo with Andrew Wright, CEO.
3) The full interview and tour (meet the developers!)

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Apple TV rocks

I bought an Apple TV tonight.

I’ve watched Ask a Ninja, Rocketboom, my show, and Ze Frank on it so far.

Works as advertised. Easy to setup. It rocks.

It makes me want to put out a high res version of my show. But, it’s pretty watchable, even at the low resolution it is.

I’m watching Kevin Schofield on my 60-inch TV on it. The tour he gave me of MS Research’s TechFest really rocks. I’m watching the second part.

I think I’m going to use this almost wholly to look at Internet video shows.

The integration with iTunes really is great. This is a winner. I take back anything I wrote about it before.

Oh, and it also supports 1080i HD. Read the comments, my brother points out that while it says on the menu that it supports 1080i, it actually doesn’t output in that resolution.

I picked it up at the Palo Alto Apple store tonight. They still had them in stock after the Office 2.0 party I attended down the block with Maryam.